Aug 09, 2015

How can I check to make sure antivirus software is working?

A couple of years ago a rootkit was installed on my PC, and it disabled my firewall and antivirus software. I was thinking about this the other day when configuring the security settings on Windows 10, and it made me wonder - Is there a way to test your antivirus software to make sure it is actually functioning?
How to Test Your Antivirus, Firewall, Browser, and Software Security

"No, we’re not going to recommend downloading a virus to test your antivirus program – that’s a recipe for disaster. If you ever want to test your antivirus software, you can use the EICAR test file. The EICAR test file isn’t an actual virus – it’s just a text file containing a string of harmless code that prints the text “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!” if you run it in DOS. However, antivirus programs are all trained to recognize the EICAR file as a virus and respond to it just as they would respond to an actual virus."
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